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  • Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    It’s always unsettling when a transmission comes back after the customer has had it for only an hour; especially when it came back on a hook. Such was the case at a local transmission shop with a 42RE transmission.
  • Souza Sezz: Quick Peek at New Ford / GM 10 Speed
    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Approximately 10 years after Ford and General Motors joined together to develop a six-speed front-wheel-drive transmission, they have done it again, developing a 10-speed rear-wheel-drive transmission (Figure 1).
  • Technically Speaking: A Clever Variable Cylinder Management Fix
    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    The number of vehicles containing VCM exceeds 4 million to date, as far back as 2005 – Odyssey, Pilot, Ridgeline and Accord – and Acura MDX/RDX/TLX that have an I-VTEC engine. This problem affects many more vehicle owners than you could imagine.
  • Tech To Tech: A Misfiring Mustang
    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    The Beatles said it best when they sang, “Gonna try with a little help from my friends,” and the following repair saga came to its best conclusion with help from professional techs on iATN.
  • R & R Tech: Motorists May Know Something They Don’t Know
    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    As we see numerous cars come into our shops on a daily basis, we often have a diagnosis already in mind based on the customer’s complaint, the type of vehicle we’re working on, road test experience, and symptoms. That’s the benefit of specialized repair. Sometimes the actual in-depth diagnosis proves us right, and sometimes proves us dead wrong.
  • TASC Force Tips: Trading Places
    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Most builders swapping hard parts have learned that mismatching drive components in a transverse unit will result in a host of negative consequences. The wrong ratio sprocket(s) or carrier can result in TCC and ratio codes, along with converter and unit clutch slippage. Unfortunately, optional ratios aren’t exclusive to the final drive; they can exist in the valve body as well.
  • Programming Not Included - Did the original transmission really need to be replaced?
    Sunday, July 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    A customer recently brought his 2011 Ford F-150 into our facility after a general-repair shop (not a specialized transmission shop) had just installed a used transmission. His truck was a 4WD vehicle equipped with a 5.0L engine and 6R80 transmission. When the customer picked up the truck from the previous shop he was told that the transmission was installed and everything was fine, but it still needed to be programmed (the shop didn’t have the equipment to perform this important step).
  • Technically Speaking: The Variable Line Pressure Solenoid
    Sunday, July 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    The 41TES and the 42RLE-VLPS are known to produce a “Line Pressure to High” code P0869 due to defective TCM/PCM’s immediately after a 2-3 shift. When this call comes in on our help line, we ask the tech involved to run some tests so we can be certain that a defective computer is the cause. Being a pattern failure, a repair tech can be as costly as buying a computer that doesn’t fix the problem and makes for a bad day.
  • The Importance of a Positive Seal: 722.6 Issues
    Sunday, July 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    There are at least two major issues that are caused by the lack of a positive seal in 722.6 converters. One issue is the shutter on TCC apply and the other is insufficient or no cooler flow. These seemingly unrelated complaints share a common cause, but the cause-and-effect relationships are quite different.
  • Friday, June 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    A 2008 Honda Accord using the B97A transmission behind a 3.5L engine was brought to Newmarket Transmissions from a general repair shop to be rebuilt. They had changed the radiator and when topping off fluids, they noticed the “strawberry milkshake” condition of the transmission fluid. The radiator was also contaminated with the milkshake condition.
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